It was MIT’s Commencement Day Friday May 24, a bit of a surreal event for a campus that’s largely been evacuated due the COVID-19 pandemic. By all accounts, this virtual event was a tour de force, with technical gimmicks and congratulations sent from space. But it was also held in the shadow of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the ensuing protests.
State legislators have the opportunity to push through two environmental justice bills that emphasize citizens’ constitutional right to clean air and water and encourage stronger enforcement of existing state laws.
Demands job protections, engagement with students, staff, and faculty on reopening campuses
The rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the inequalities in American society regarding who has access to sustainable and equitable healthcare, which students have strong enough support system in their homes to have an optimum experience with remote learning, which workers have the flexibility to work from home, and which do not.
Clergy in these communities have been performing non-stop homegoings, and helping families, loved ones, and communities of the deceased through this valley of anxiety, fear, and death.
The stakes are far too high to justify such detention. During the pandemic, incarceration puts a person’s life in serious danger.
Lessons to prepare, grieve, console, help, learn, teach, and unite
Editor's note: The following petition was drafted by Cambridge City Councilor Quinton Zondervan and is reprinted here in the public interest. Read "Cambridge Plan to Warehouse Homeless Could Spark COVID Outbreak" by DigBoston's Jason Pramas for more background.